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  • Growing number of potential Islamist terrorists in Germany: police chief

    07/20/2017 11:49:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.21.2017 | tj/ng (dpa, Reuters, KNA)
    The number of Islamist extremists suspected of being potentially willing to carry out terror attacks in Germany has now grown to 690, federal BKA police chief Holger Münch says, compared with a figure of 600 issued by the Interior Ministry in February. In an interview with the daily Frankfurter Rundschau published on Friday, Münch said that radical Islamists posed the greatest terrorist threat in Germany, while the potential danger from left- and right-wing extremists was considered minor in comparison. “In the left-wing scene, the [German] states have up to now estimated a number that can be counted on the fingers...
  • 'Women are being attacked every day': violence at small town festival reignites migration debate

    07/20/2017 9:13:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de (Germany) ^ | 20 July 2017 13:38 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Reports of sexual assaults and attacks on police during a small town festival have again sparked debate in Germany about integration, while also leading police to correct what they say are “misinterpretations” of what happened. The news that around 1,000 young people gathered on Saturday night during a festival in Schorndorf, Baden-Württemberg where some began throwing bottles at officers has grabbed national attention in Germany, particularly because police said many came from “immigrant backgrounds”. This coupled with the fact that cases of sexual assaults or harassment were reported by women on Friday and Saturday, with Iraqi and Afghanistani men being...
  • German judge warns of court system 'collapse' due to mass number of asylum complaints

    07/20/2017 4:43:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 July 2017 15:55 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    The massive number of court cases challenging asylum decisions have stretched authorities “to the limits”, a leading judge told German media on Thursday. The chair of the Association of German Administrative Law Judges told publishing group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) that the number of people bringing legal challenges against their asylum request decisions has overwhelmed the administrative courts. “The situation is dramatic for administrative courts.” said the organization’s chair, Robert Seegmüller. “We are now completely stretched to our limits.” RND further calculated based on national and European data that there are currently around 250,000 asylum decisions waiting to be challenged in...
  • France's armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts

    07/19/2017 10:08:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to keep the armed forces fit for an ever more difficult task within the financial constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that. "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," he said. ... As well as being an early test for Macron, the departure of France's most senior soldier...
  • Radical left plot to assassinate opponents no longer unthinkable, Berlin warns

    07/19/2017 10:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 July 2017 14:00 CEST+02:00
    For years, far-left activists in Berlin followed the strategy of attacking property, not people. But that is changing, the Berlin interior ministry claimed on Tuesday. “2016 was marked out by a spiral in left-wing violence that not only led to a multitude of serious crimes, but also in part to a radicalized tone — which has seen calls for the murder of police officers and politicians,” the ministry warned in its security report for 2016, released on Tuesday. “The inhibition threshold regarding physical attacks is sinking, and we are now at the stage where targeted assassination of political opponents no...
  • On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

    07/19/2017 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 4:40 PM EDT | Pablo Gorondi and Ilan Ben Zion
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties. Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. Netanyahu was discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations when some of his comments — and those of other leaders at the meeting closed to the media — were accidentally broadcast to journalists in another room. Netanyahu also made a rare public admission that Israel has struck Iranian arms convoys...
  • Trump to pick ex-diplomat, pundit for ambassador to Germany [Richard Grennel]

    07/19/2017 4:56:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 7:34 PM EDT
    A former diplomat and television commentator is expected to be nominated as the United States’ ambassador to Germany. Richard Grennel is President Donald Trump’s choice for the post, according to a person with knowledge of the expected nomination. That person requested anonymity to discuss a matter before it was announced. A White House spokeswoman said Wednesday that nothing official was finalized. […] He would be the first LGBT ambassador nominee for Trump. …
  • Macron: My charm may have changed Trump's mind on climate change

    07/16/2017 5:45:28 PM PDT · by Hadean · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2017
    French President Emmanuel Macron says he worked his charm on President Donald Trump during the U.S. leader's visit to Paris – so much so that he may have changed Trump’s mind on climate change. Trump and Macron -- who said his interaction with Trump was carefully calculated -- discussed their main point of contention: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Macron told French news outlet Le Journal du Dimanche that Trump “listened” to him when the two discussed climate change, adding: “He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism.” The presidents spoke...
  • Denmark said no to meeting with top US politicians

    07/15/2017 10:52:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 13 July 2017 10:59 CEST+02:00
    Political representatives from the Nordic and Baltic parliaments recently took part in a top-level visit to Washington. Denmark was conspicuous by its absence. Parliamentary speakers from the northern European countries met powerful US politicians and diplomats during the official visit, which took place the week before last, reports Politiken. […] Speakers from each of the other seven countries were present, leaving Denmark’s Speaker of Parliament Pia Kjærsgaard, the former leader of the nationalist Danish People’s Party, as the only absentee. […] Former foreign minister and leader of the Venstre (Liberal) party Uffe Ellemann-Jensen told Politiken that he found it difficult...
  • Tony Blair says Brexit must be stopped to halt harm to UK

    07/15/2017 4:47:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2017 8:08 AM EDT
    There’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday, arguing that stopping Brexit is “necessary” to avoid severe economic damage. In an article published by Blair’s Institute for Global Change, he wrote that EU leaders might be willing to “reform and meet us half way” to keep the U.K. in the bloc. He said that might include compromise on freedom of movement — a key EU principle that conflicts with Britain’s goal of placing limits on immigration. […] Blair also told Sky News that “every day is bringing us fresh evidence” of Brexit’s...
  • Six convicted of murder in Swedish honor killing case

    07/14/2017 5:13:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 14 July 2017 11:58 CEST+02:00
    Six people have been convicted of murder by a Swedish district court in an honor violence case in which a man was killed after having an affair with a married woman. The case involved 23-year-old victim Ramin Sherzaj, who was bundled into a car from a square in Gävle in April of 2016, then later found murdered in Sundsvall. Police were first alerted by a jogger who saw a screaming man being taken into a car by “some guys with hoods”. The man was beaten during the journey, then strangled to death. The murder was an act of revenge due...
  • Trump lauds Macron and France and its 'unbreakable ties' with the US

    07/13/2017 8:51:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 July 2017 20:42 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    US President Donald Trump finally had some kind words for France on Thursday as he and his wife were given the red carpet treatment during their trip to Paris, although some Americans protested his presence in the French capital. In the past, Trump has had some harsh words about France, saying it was no longer the country it once was and claiming it was at fault for the terror attacks it had suffered because it had allowed immigrants into the country. Asked at a press conference at the Élysée Palace on Thursday if he still felt the same way, Trump...
  • Merkel and Macron put defense at heart of blooming ties

    07/13/2017 8:05:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 July 2017 17:54 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France and Germany agreed Thursday to begin work on a joint fighter jet, a major advance in their relations designed to underline their united front in the face of fracturing Western relations. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Élysée Palace in Paris on Thursday for a joint cabinet meeting between their governments. Among a host of measures agreed between their economy, culture and education ministers, the joint fighter jet proposal underscored their plans to create a new dynamic in the Franco-German motor at the heart of the European Union. […] Macron also won...
  • Macron: Talks with Trump are 'obvious and indispensable'

    07/13/2017 10:19:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2017 11:25 AM EDT | Vivian Salama
    French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday it is “obvious and indispensable” to have exchanges with U.S. President Donald Trump as the two leaders were set to meet to try to push past major differences and find common ground on security, defense and other issues. Macron spoke at a news conference following a meeting in Paris with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who, like Macron, was deeply disappointed in Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from a global agreement to combat climate change. […] Merkel said during a joint appearance with Macron that it’s important to keep talking with Trump even...
  • Landmark Srebrenica war crimes trial stopped in Serbia

    07/13/2017 10:14:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2017 11:14 AM EDT | Dusan Stojanovic
    A Serbian appeals court on Thursday stopped a landmark trial against eight former Bosnian Serb police officers charged with taking part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The court in Belgrade said it has accepted defense complaints that the charges against the eight are invalid because they were filed when Serbia did not appoint the chief war crimes prosecutor. The ruling means the whole proceeding will have to start over from scratch, which could take months or years. …
  • German gvnt to toughen rules to protect German 'know-how' from foreign takeovers

    07/12/2017 7:55:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 July 2017 10:50 CEST+02:00 | AFP/The Local
    Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to tighten scrutiny on takeovers of companies in strategic industries by buyers outside the EU, the Economy Ministry said, reacting to Europe-wide disquiet over Chinese takeovers. New regulations will allow Berlin more time to probe takeover bids, especially in sectors affecting critical infrastructure, and extend the range of deals eligible for examination by the authorities. “We remain one of the most open economies in the world, but we also have an eye on fair competition. We owe that to our companies,” Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said in a statement. “In the future, reporting requirements...
  • France could close a third of its nuclear reactors, says minister

    07/10/2017 9:49:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 July 2017 17:27 CEST+02:00 | The Local/AFP
    France’s new environment minister said Monday nearly a third of the country’s reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from nuclear power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 percent now. “We can all understand that to reach this target, we’re going to have to close a certain number of reactors,” Nicolas Hulot told RTL radio. “It will be perhaps as high as 17 reactors, but we need to look...
  • France says Europe must chase tax owed by US tech giants

    07/10/2017 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 July 2017 09:57 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s finance minister urged his European counterparts Sunday to do more to chase down tax due from the European operations of US tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook. Bruno Le Maire’s comments addressed an issue which has aroused fierce controversy: the complex tax arrangements of multinational corporations under fire for slashing European tax bills by shifting revenue across borders. “I have just come back from the G20 meeting in Hamburg, and I can tell you that the present age is not one for the weak,” Le Maire told an economic symposium in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence....
  • Stormy G20 ends with opt-outs for Trump on climate, trade

    07/09/2017 8:49:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 July 2017 09:04 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. But the gesture opened the door for others, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning that Ankara was now leaning towards not ratifying the landmark Paris climate accord. Erdogan’s threat brought further disarray to a summit that was marred by bilateral quarrels and strife over climate protection and trade. […] In a departure from final summit declarations that tend...
  • Boston's Irish community on edge after contractor is deported

    07/07/2017 11:36:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 7, 2017 | by Brian Dowling Friday
    A prominent Boston man nabbed by ICE last month for overstaying his visa by more than a decade has been sent back to Ireland, and the city’s Irish community is still worried about further deportations, an advocate said. John Cunningham, 38, was a Brighton-based electrical contractor before he was detained for overstaying a 90-day visa that he used to enter the U.S. in 2003. Cunningham left on a commercial flight Wednesday night. “ICE is enforcing the law, it’s simple and sometimes painful but they’re just doing their jobs,” said immigration attorney John Foley, a board member of the cultural center...